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Nov. 20 NAP crop deadline

Steve Maurer, the Ohio Farm Service Agency (FSA) State Executive Director, would like to remind producers that they have until November 20, 2010 to sign-up for the 2011 Non-insured Assistance Program (NAP) crop coverage.  This deadline applies to the following crops: Apples, Asparagus, Blueberries, Caneberries, Cherries, Chestnuts, Forage for Hay and Pasture, Grapes, Nectarines, Peaches, Pears, Plums, Strawberries, Honey and Maple Syrup.
NAP covers losses caused by damaging weather conditions.  Producers receive a payment when the loss is in excess of 50 percent.  Losses are generally determined by the percentage of loss compared to the producer’s actual yield history.  Eligible production losses are paid at 55 percent of the established value for the crop.
The service fee is $250 per crop per county or $750 per producer per county.  The fee cannot exceed a total of $1875 per producer with farming interest in multiple counties.  Limited resource producers may request a waiver of service fees.
“Producers who currently have NAP coverage or who are interested in coverage are encouraged to keep accurate production records,” said Maurer, State Executive Director for the Ohio Farm Service Agency.  NAP coverage is only available for crops not covered under the Federal Crop Insurance program.  Producers are reminded about the need for insurance coverage on crops in order to remain eligible for the agency’s Disaster Assistance Programs such as SURE, LFP, TAP, and ELAP.  Producers must purchase at least catastrophic (CAT) level of insurance for all insurable crops and producers must apply for coverage before a disaster strikes.
Producers are encouraged to contact their local FSA office to obtain NAP coverage or for additional information on NAP prior to the November 20th deadline.

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